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Nonlinear Distortion Due to Cross-Phase Modulation in Microwave Fiber-Optic Links With Optical Single-Sideband or Electrooptical Upconversion

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6 Author(s)
Linghao Cheng ; Sch. of Electr. & Electron. Eng., Nanyang Technol. Univ., Singapore ; Aditya, S. ; Zhaohui Li ; Nirmalathas, A.
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A new analytical model is presented to study nonlinear distortion due to cross-phase modulation in dispersive and nonlinear wavelength-division-multiplexing microwave fiber-optic links. The model is not based on the pump-probe approach. Hence, it can be used to analyze a larger variety of links, including, in particular, electrooptical upconversion links. Our simulations and experiments show that the model predicts the nonlinear distortion due to cross-phase modulation quite accurately, even when the modulating microwave frequency is in tens of gigahertz and the fiber length is in tens of kilometers. Detailed analyses of the distortion due to cross-phase modulation for links with optical single-sideband modulation are presented. Measured results for optical single-sideband are shown to match our theoretical predictions very well. Our results show that the nonlinear distortion due to cross-phase modulation can be a limiting factor for optical launch power in wavelength-division-multiplexing microwave fiber-optic links; moreover, the maximum possible nonlinear distortion level for a higher frequency may be lower than that for a lower frequency. Also presented are some simple approximations for a quick estimate of the level of the nonlinear distortion

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Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 1 )